It's midnight at the oasis... and this young Arab is resting along with his camel. The camel has that typical supercilious look that only camels have, but the boy looks happy and content to rest a while.... maybe there's even time to write a quick letter!
This is one of those hard to find inkwells – especially in this condition. The metal is pot metal or spelter that was cold painted. The camel is brown with white throat and chest; the Arab is dark skinned with a white robe. The robe has red and some yellow details. The camel's blanket is turquoise and it looks as though the boy carries a bag of some kind beside him. His body hinges open to reveal a china insert. This inkwell dates to the end of the Victorian era, when people were enamored of all things Middle Eastern.
SIZE: The camel is about 4" by 2", while the inkwell from base to the top of the rider's head measures 3 1/2".
CONDITION: This inkwell is in excellent condition. The paint is about 95% or more intact –there are just a few small specks here and there where the metal shows through (mainly on the back of the turban and around the hinge). The hinge is in good shape. The insert fits well and may well be original; it does have a couple of chips on the rim.
Cold painted figural inkwell - camel with Arab
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